BRASILIA Dec 23 Loans in arrears for 90 days or
more in Brazil fell slightly from a record high in November
while bank lending grew, the central bank said on Friday.
The so-called default ratio, a benchmark for delinquencies,
came in at the equivalent of 5.8 percent of outstanding
non-earmarked loans, down from 5.9 percent in October. Lending
grew 0.3 percent in November from October, to 3.104 trillion
reais ($948.16 billion), the report showed.
($1 = 3.2737 reais)
(Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Silvio Cascione;
Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)